The Winnipeg Jets experienced a scary, unsettling moment late in their morning skate today at PNC Arena.
Rookie defenseman Zach Redmond suffered a severe cut on his right leg during a one-on-one drill. The Jets' medical staff was quickly called on the ice to attend to Redmond and an ambulance soon arrived to transport Redmond to a hospital.
The Jets later announced Redmond underwent surgery for more than three hours for a laceration to the right femoral artery.
"These things happen," Jets coach Claude Noel said after the skate. "We were trying to get our extra players conditioned and it was a one-one-one battle at the net where (Redmond) tripped up and landed on his back and a player happened to step on him.
"He cut him just above the back of the knee. It's a fairly wide cut and he'll need to be taken to the hospital. He lost a fair amount of blood quickly. It looks like it was a vein. They got it tied up and pressure on it, but he'll be fine."
Noel had left the ice but rushed back out after learning of the freak injury. He said he talked to Redmond, 24, who he said was "awake and everything was fine."
"He was in some pain and probably a little shock as to what took place," Noel said. "But other than that he was coherent going into the ambulance."
Noel said his team "would be rattled" with such a shocking injury and wasn't sure how it would affect tonight's game against the Canes.
"It's a teammate," he said. "There's not much you can say. It kind of throws a wrench in your pregame. But we'll get it solved by the time we get back here at 5 o'clock."
Redmond, from Traverse City, Mich., has played eight games for the Jets this season and has a goal and three assists. He was a healthy scratch in Winnipeg's last game, Tuesday against the Buffalo Sabres.